Well, we recently discussed putting together a "master mind" group for poker discussions, and I have to tell you....its been far more difficult to do than I imagined it would be. Some that would have been strong contributors to the group were concerned that they would be "giving away their secrets" to other players. Others worried about the discussions morphing into boring card drills. Still others simply couldn't see giving up a night of American Idol to talk about poker. And quite honestly, most were eliminated without discussion due to the fact that I don't want to know their reasoning behind calling two all ins with pocket 4's.
So that leaves me with the following three people, plus myself.
1. A feared cash game player who is out early in tournaments far more often than he should be. It doesn't hurt him though, since he then goes to the cash table and immediately is up $300.
2. A consistent player at both the cash and tournament tables. Likes to really think through his options before he takes action. Either that, or he is simply trying to convince himself NOT to call. We'll find out. One thing is for sure.....he is regularly at the final table in the tournaments I play with him.
3. A skilled player with experience in the big games. Plays the World Series $10,000 tournament every year. I don't think he's ever cashed in it, but that sort of experience is invaluable to the rest of us.
4. And me. Couldn't tell you how to describe me. I'm weak in cash games, and locally successful in the tournaments. My goal is to play the larger and more expensive tournaments.
I will be creating a private discussion group here in Fannation, and we'll start meeting together for discussions too.
As I promised, I'll be giving up updates as to our progress.
I do know this: Since I decided to put this group together, I began discussing poker with one of the members above. Since then, I've cashed in all but two games I've played this year.